A new version of the popular editing software Adobe Lightroom has been announced, along with a general recategorisation of the software as we know it.
Here’s a rundown of what’s new…
Lightroom CC Classic
First up: the program you know as Lightroom will be designated such no longer. Now, this is known as Lightroom Classic CC. This doesn’t mean it’s getting swept into a dusty garage, however – Adobe has given the software a general tune-up, with the following improvements:
– Application launch time
– Preview generation including in Standard, 1:1 and Minimal previews
– Import selection workflow with “Embedded & Sidecar” preview option (tips here)
– Switching between Library and Develop Module
– Moving from photo to photo in the Develop Module
– Responsive brushing
New tools have also been added for colour- and tone-based selections for Local Adjustments. The firm has released a video running through the upgrades in a little more detail.
The new version, Lightroom CC, is a cloud-based service with three device-specific apps – mobile, desktop and web.
It’s designed to offer the power of Lightroom with a seamless experience across all versions, allowing the user to adjust and catalogue their content in all situations.
The desktop version is a completely new app, with a new single interface for cataloguing and editing. It’ll use Adobe Sensei, the firm’s intelligent data-crunching software, to automatically tag and keyword your images, making them easy to find across platforms and devices.
The mobile version of Lightroom CC can now and search and tag all your synced images, as well as manage them into folders for easy cataloguing. Lightroom Classic will continue to be supported on both Android and iOS.
The web version gets new features, as well as general upgrades to cataloguing and organisation tools.
With this ecosystem, users have the opportunity to try out a new feature called Best Photos, which uses Adobe Sensei to automatically identify and group similar photos, and then select the best one. The one perfect shot you got of the light falling just right, after fifty-seven duds? This technology should be able to pick it out. While this sounds incredibly useful, we’re reserving judgement until we see it in action.
We’re planning on getting hold of the new Lightroom CC soon for a full video test, so keep checking back. In the meantime, you can check out Adobe’s blog for more info.